ACC Announces 2014-16 Football Opponents for Notre Dame

By Kevin Kelley -

The ACC has officially announced the 2014 through 2016 football opponents for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame’s first season of ACC opponents will feature visits from Louisville, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. The Fighting Irish will travel to Florida State and Syracuse.

“The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame will not only enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “One of the benefits, moving forward, is that almost all of our student-athletes will have an opportunity to play against Notre Dame during their ACC careers which is extremely special.”

Last September, Notre Dame agreed to play five ACC opponents per season and join the conference in all other sports. The Irish will rotate three home and two away games every other year.

Listed below are Notre Dame’s ACC opponents for the 2014 through 2016 seasons. Exact dates are to be announced.


Home: Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest
Road: Florida State, Syracuse (at East Rutherford, NJ)


Home: Boston College, Georgia Tech
Road: Clemson, Pittsburgh, Virginia


Home: Duke, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech
Road: NC State, Syracuse (at East Rutherford, NJ)

  1. @dbrunstheworld
    April 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Interesting. I think popular belief was that ND was way overbooked but it is only ASU and another game to be cancelled for 2014. 2015 and 2016 in fact have room for an addition now.

  2. Clint
    April 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Swofford strikes again, giving his beloved UNX a trip to South Bend in the first year Notre Dame is in the ACC. He should be fired!

  3. John Tesauro
    April 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Schedule looks interesting . Hopefully, they could still accommodate Arizona State
    And consider dropping Purdue, Rice, or Temple.

    • Bill
      April 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      It will never happen with Purdue; they are in-state rivals in a long standong series. the other 2 games are 1-time contracts.

    • Mike
      May 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Absolutely correct. I can’t see a scenario where Purdue is not on ND schedule

  4. Todd Kennedy
    April 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I’m assuming they drop ASU they dont want to play ASU it would be too tough on the top end with FSU on there/

  5. Bill
    April 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I am guessing that at least one Syracuse game, or maybe even both are moved to the Meadowlands.

    • Andy
      April 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      The Syracuse games were already scheduled and were going to be at the Meadowlands. Cuse confirmed yesterday that they will stay there

    • anthony
      April 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I went to Meadowlands for USC Syracuse last year. The upper bowl was empty and it was 70/30 USC fans. Alumni of Syracuse apparently were annoyed that return game wasn’t played at carrier dome and it showed by lack of attendance there. Like any neutral site Notre Dame game will be 90/10 Irish fans

  6. Todd Kennedy
    April 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I think Rice does something for Notre Dame in the area of prestige with the elitism of the academic reputation. i would be very surprised that ND drops the Temple game as well Temple is on the rise and much more relevant to alumni than the Sun Devil Nation, though PHX is Catholic to a large degree. ASU should come out the loser in my humble determination…

    • @dbrunstheworld
      April 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

      A Rice or Temple would likely be more than happy to push out a road date if a home-and-home were added to sweeten the deal to make it a 2 for 1. And Philly or Houston are not the worst places for the Irish to visit, games could move to NFL Staidums.

  7. Todd Kennedy
    April 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    One publication entitled future Notre Dame schedules in a grid format for the next 8 years or so has already eliminated the game at Arizona State for 2014. ASU is gonna feel that one for awhile. They never sell out home games and now this to their season ticket sales, ND was the lynchpin of their propaganda for ’14. Notre Dame is dancing with the Devil literally now in Phoenix. It may be another 20 years before a bowl game sees ND playing well in it.

    • @dbrunstheworld
      April 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Is there a URL for this grid? I am curious to how it projects the four BYU games not tied to years right now. Thanks.

  8. G of F
    April 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

    How did Syracuse luck out with hosting ND twice.

  9. Todd Kennedy
    April 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    my guess is ND keeps the BYU games for some odd karma faith based compromise like the intent of a Holy war is always meted out in frivolity and pretend rivalry post hoc delirium…

    • @dbrunstheworld
      April 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      A 2 for 1 where the road game is on ABC or ESPN national doesn’t hurt Notre Dame whatsoever.

  10. Todd Kennedy
    April 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I doubt ND goes to Reliant Stadium in Houston they have been under drawing in the worst sort of fancy ND would have a practical home game like Texas has when they play Rice and I hate to say it a typical 37-3 like result. 80 percent of the fans would be Irish clad

  11. Todd Kennedy
    April 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I dont know if Syracuse is on the rise without Nassib and Shamarko Thomas but Meadowlands is a million times better for Irish than a moment in the Carrier Dome. Irish and domes are blasphemous let alone Sun Devil Stadium or the Fiesta or Phx in general. They prefer a night game in Palo Alto or the Coliseum anyday with the goings on in the Pac12 and their graduation losses

  12. petef3
    April 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Forgive me if I’ve missed this: has it been clarified how home-road designations for this arrangement will be determined? Specifically, will every school at some point get to host ND? I know they hosted Alabama a few years ago, but I still have a hard time envisioning ND taking a road date at Duke.

  13. Todd Kennedy
    April 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Every univ. hosted but Asu so anything goes if your ND

  14. stuart
    April 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Pretty well done, minimal disruption. All ND has to do is get one 2014 school to agree to play in 2015 or 2016 instead and they are pretty much set. UMass could be dropped I think.

    This pretty much builds in 8 set games, 5 ACC plus Navy, USC, and Stanford (soCal and norCal). Figure they like a Texas school and one B1G, and they are almost done before they start.

  15. Dave Bolan
    May 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t see a scenario? Purdue wants to jog the pattern of games by a year to match Big Ten scheduling. Notre Dame needs to drop one for 2014. Pushing games scheduling back a year with no game in 2014 is one such scenario.

  16. Lisa
    May 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    So random question! I am trying to plan a date for 2014 wedding. I would really like oct. but I don’t want to do it on a game day!!!!! When do you think they will announce their bye week?

  17. Kirk
    July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    This is dumb, Syracuse twice and Miami, FSU Boston college once? They should play those 3 teams every year